David Shipley

A Wandsworth prison jailbreak was waiting to happen

Wandsworth prison (Credit: Getty images)

As a former inmate of HMP Wandsworth, I can’t say I’m surprised that a prisoner, Daniel Khalife, has escaped. When I was jailed there in 2020, I saw for myself that Wandsworth is understaffed, poorly-managed and often so badly organised that it loses track of prisoners for extended periods of time. Last year’s report by HM Inspector of Prisons shows that the situation has only deteriorated since.

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